Yeshua says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Who are the meek? The Greek text behind this saying implies one who is mild-mannered, gentle, soft, and passive. Why are the passive and meek-hearted destined to possess the earth?
When you lose someone or when your heart is broken and sorrowful, you obviously don't feel happy about it. But Yeshua teaches "happy are those who mourn." In what way should a mourner feel "happy," and when will mourners find this promised consolation?
Yeshua says that the poor will inherit the kingdom. That sounds great if you are poor. But what if you aren’t? Our Master Yeshua had a divine mandate to proclaim good news to the poor. He declared the poor to be inheritors of the Messianic Era.
What does it mean to be a disciple? It means that when the teacher sits down, it’s time to straighten up and pay attention. Large crowds followed our Master Yeshua, but Yeshua did not seek large numbers of followers.
Are you one of the crowd that flocks around Him to receive a miracle, a blessing, or a ticket to heaven? Or are you one of His disciples? Rabbi Yeshua did not seek large numbers. He sought disciples.
Bible teachers often make a simple mistake of presenting the teachings of Yeshua in antithesis to the Torah of Moses. Since we assume that the Gospel replaced the Torah, we misread the teaching of Yeshua to support that wrong assumption. We mistakenly suppose that Yeshua came to replace the Torah, or at least to correct it.
Is the Sermon on the Mount supposed to be taken literally, or was it meant to prove that no one can be saved by his own righteousness and good works? Was it meant to persuade us that we cannot possibly live up to God’s standards.
Yeshua’s teachings reveal the moral, ethical intention behind the commandments and expose the internal deviancy of the heart of man. He cuts past external appearances and plants the inner meaning of the Torah deep in the heart.
Those who annul even the least of the commandments and teach others to do so as well will be called “least in the kingdom of heaven. The person who keeps the Torah’s commandments and teaches others to do so as well will be considered great in the Messianic Era.
The phrase “until all is accomplished” stands parallel to the phrase “until heaven and earth pass away.” In other words, the validity, authority, and unchanging revelation of the Torah will continue until this present world is swallowed up into the new heavens and new earth of the World to Come—that day when everything will have been accomplished.